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					Slab Pots

    Geometric forms in clay

       “Wolf Box” by Karen Borg,
         Cave Made Pottery
Slab Construction

   Allows Potters to explore
    geometric forms.

   Jars, boxes, plates, platters,
    planters, mugs, and even
    bowls can be made with
    slabs of clay.
“Think Outside the Box!”

   Challenge yourself to
    make a pot that is more
    than a box.

   This Arizona State
    University potter did
    just that with this
You can carve the form when it’s
leather hard.

                     Neil Williams challenged himself
                      with an unusual form and intricate
                      surface decoration with his cup and

                     Neil Williams, American, 1991, cup
                      and saucer, whiteware, 4 3/4” by 6”,
                      gift of Stéphane Janssen, Arizona
                      State University Art Museum
Roll Out Enough Clay for Your Whole
Project ~ Prevents Cracking & Warping

   Use the slab roller or a
    rolling pin and wooden
    slats ~ keep your slabs
    ¼ inch thick.

                               Ric Pierce, One Tree Hill Pottery Studio
Construction tips

                         Using slightly stiff (not
                          leather hard) slabs
                          allows you to make tall
                         Scratch and slip joints
                          and add a small coil in
                          the crease for support.
                         Be sure to put a flange
                          under the lid, so it stays
                          on when you handle the
    David Faithfull
Slab Pot Requirements

   Slab Pot- A pot / vessel / sculpture which
    has been constructed with the slab
    technique. It must include at least one 90
    degree angle.
   Roll out all of your clay at once & wrap the
    slabs in plastic until you cut it.
   You need to use a paper pattern to cut out
    the pieces precisely.
Slab Pot Requirements

   Use scratch and slip technique to attach the
    slabs to each other once they have become
    firm, but not leather hard. Smooth a small
    coil into each joint.
   Pay attention to joinery, and take steps to
    counteract warping by using slightly convex
    slabs, and by drying the piece slowly
    enough to avoid concave surfaces.
Slab Pot Requirements

   Decorate them with a design that makes sense
    for the piece, with texture, carving, or
   Required Elements: Form, shape
   Principles: Proportion, Emphasis/Dominance is
    on the form & profile of the pot.
   Complete the Art of Math assignment in
    your handbook with this project.
    Dimensions: 6-8 inches or more.
 Sideways Studio - Hayne Bayless

Bold line designs in the glaze
add interest to these pots.
    Lidded Boxes with Glaze Effects

   Use glazes to show pattern, contrast, and a color scheme.
     Geometric Slab Sculptures
Repeat colors, shapes and forms for unity in a body of work.

                    ANDREW VAN ASSCHE
Gallery – Sandy Segal

The focal point is form, so the glazes are subtle and draw attention to the forms.

These pots fit together like a puzzle.
  Gallery – Scott Jennings
These are cool, but don’t meet our criteria.

   Your pots will droop if the slabs are
   too soft. Here, that is a focal point.
Geometric Slab Pots
   Color schemes, interesting forms, and whimsy attract viewers.

                                         Get the clock mechanism
 You can add found objects.              before you make the pot.
Slab Construction with Texture
The focal points are form and texture, which emphasize weight and balance.

   Texture carved with a loop tool.
                                                 Combing texture
Unique Surface Decorations

                               Combing and stamping
Additive relief   Too plain.   made the designs.
Unique Forms in Sculpture

 Dan Finnegan Pottery
Reminders: The basic steps…

   Design your pot first on the tan worksheet.
   Make a pattern for cutting out the parts.
   Cut out the pieces and let them firm up.
   Assemble with scratch & slip.
   Add a coil in the joints to make them stable.
   Make it a bit convex to counteract warping.
   Add your surface decoration.
   DRY IT SLOWLY over a few days’ time.

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